HOW TO: Make Tofu-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie

by 11/25/14   filed under: cooking, green holiday ideas for kids, vegan cooking

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GUIDE: To Choosing the Most Sustainable and Pesticide-Free Christmas Tree Possible

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Christmas trees are a booming business in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that 33 million real Christmas trees are sold annually. However, a major downside of the Christmas tree business is that fewer than 1% of all Christmas trees come from certified organic farms. Beyond Pesticides points out how detrimental conventional Christmas tree farming is for people and the environment, noting, “The pesticides that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers for use on conventionally grown Christmas trees are linked to numerous adverse health effects, including cancer, hormonal disruption, neurotoxicity, organ damage, reproductive/birth defects, asthma, and more.” Still, pesticide laden Christmas trees are still arguably healthier for people and the planet than artificial Christmas trees. Most artificial trees are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, lead and other plastics, plus, unlike real trees, artificial trees won’t ever biodegrade. As an eco-minded family, you do have some options. You can ditch the Christmas tree this year and go with a more eco-friendly Christmas tree alternative or you can hunt down a certified organic Christmas tree. Learn how after the jump.

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12 Pediatricians in Italy Arrested for Allegedly Taking Bribes from Infant Formula Companies to Discourage Breastfeeding

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According to Reuters, Italian police have placed 12 pediatricians under house arrest for allegedly accepting extravagant gifts from infant formula companies. The gifts, meant to entice the doctors into promoting formula feeding over breastfeeding, included iPhones, Apple computers, air conditioners, televisions, trips to India, the United States, Paris, London and Istanbul and luxury cruises, says Carabinieri police Captain Gennaro Riccardi. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said in a statement, “There are no adjectives to describe the gravity of these actions. Doctors went against unanimous scientific opinion and the indications of the health ministry in convincing mothers to use powdered milk formula in place of mother’s milk.”

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21 Beautiful Faux & DIY Christmas Trees to Brighten the Season

by 11/24/14   filed under: eco decor, green family, green holiday ideas for kids

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HOW TO: Make Thanksgiving Candles From Leftover Halloween Pumpkins And Gourds

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The Beautiful, Airy Butterfly Dollhouse is Packed with Possibilities

by 11/24/14   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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From 3 Star Studio, makers of the stylish ARC Dollhouse, comes a beautiful, airy dollhouse packed with custom design possibilities. Named after its iconic wing-like roof, the Butterfly Dollhouse is based on architecture first appearing in 1933 stylish mid-century building. This lovely and unique dollhouse is designed for play or display and can be customized in countless ways. The USA made Butterfly Dollhouse is laser cut from sustainable Baltic birch plywood and arrives to you flat packed and ready for assembly. All you’ll need is a little wood glue — and simple notches allow for easy assembly and long-lasting strength. There are also two wonderful sets of furniture available for this dollhouse in either birch plywood or solid walnut.

RELATED | Apple & Pear Shaped Dollhouses Put a Refreshing Spin on Playtime

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HOW TO: Bake Organic Miniature Apple Pies for Thanksgiving

by 11/23/14   filed under: baking, green kids, how-to, recipes

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Personalize Your Christmas Tree with Custom Ornaments from Paper Culture

by 11/23/14   filed under: green holiday ideas for kids

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Why decorate your tree with generic decorations when you can create your own personalized ornaments that truly express your family’s style? Paper Culture makes it easy to adorn your tree with family cheer this holiday season via their new line of  personalized holiday ornaments. You select the photos and text of your choosing to fashion a set of 12 ornaments featuring your kids, pets, or friends. All ornaments are printed on triple thick, 100% recycled paper and arrive in a nice recycled paper keepsake box tied with Baker’s twine that can be used to string up your new ornaments. Bonus, every time you purchase from Paper Culture, the company will plant a tree.

+ 12 Custom ECO Ornaments from Paper Culture $24.99

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Limited Edition Festive gPants Get Your Baby Into the Holiday Spirit

Limited Edition Festive gPants Get Your Baby Into the Holiday Spirit

TweetEmailGet your baby (and yourself) into the holiday spirit with limited edition seasonal gPants from gDiaper! gDiaper has introduced two new festive gPants for the holiday…

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Christmas Milk & Gingerbread Cookies Playdough Set Lets Kids Bake Up Holiday Fun

Christmas Milk & Gingerbread Cookies Playdough Set Lets Kids Bake Up Holiday Fun

Just in time for the holiday season, one of our favorite Etsy haunts, Apple n Amos, is offering up the sweetest playdough set ever. Their Christmas Milk & Gingerbread Cookies…

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Republic Bike Launches Limited Edition Mini-Cargo Bikes for Kids

Republic Bike Launches Limited Edition Mini-Cargo Bikes for Kids

TweetEmail Republic Bike, the company responsible for the fleet of bikes being ridden around the legendary Google campus, is launching a line of cargo bikes for kids, and all…

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HOW TO: Make No-Bake, Gluten-Free, Vegan Pecan Pie Bars for a Sweet Holiday Treat

HOW TO: Make No-Bake, Gluten-Free, Vegan Pecan Pie Bars for a Sweet Holiday Treat

TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. For the crust: 3/4 cup dates 1 cup pecans 1 tsp liquid coconut oil pinch of sea salt For the filling: 1/4 cup dates 1/2 cup…

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New "Average" Barbie Comes with Scars, Stretch Marks, Acne and Cellulite Sticker Accessories

New "Average" Barbie Comes with Scars, Stretch Marks, Acne and Cellulite Sticker Accessories

The Lammily Doll is Here! The Lammily Doll, nicknamed “average (or normal) Barbie” widely by the media, began as an art project in 2013. In spring of 2014, creator Nickolay…

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Charming Pixy Advent Room and Doll Helps Kids Count Down the Days Until Christmas

Charming Pixy Advent Room and Doll Helps Kids Count Down the Days Until Christmas

TweetEmailIf you’re looking for a charming and ultra fun way to help your child countdown the days until Christmas than this festive Maileg Pixy Advent room is perfect.…

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Wishbone Bike Made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Carpet Grows with Kids from Age 18 Months to 6 Years!

Wishbone Bike Made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Carpet Grows with Kids from Age 18 Months to 6 Years!

TweetEmail When coming up with materials to upcycle into new kids’ bikes, old carpets would definitely not be the go-to source in our minds. But Wishbone Design Studio…

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The Reversible Rowhouse is a Two-in-One Dollhouse That Flips to Change the Entire Layout!

The Reversible Rowhouse is a Two-in-One Dollhouse That Flips to Change the Entire Layout!

TweetEmailFrom 3 Star Studio, the clever designers who brought us the awesome ARC Dollhouse, comes a brand new dollhouse that offers double the fun. The REVERSIBLE ROWHOUSE…

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HOW TO: Make an Adorable Thanksgiving Turkey from Fruits & Vegetables

HOW TO: Make an Adorable Thanksgiving Turkey from Fruits & Vegetables

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients For the tail: a few leaves of romaine lettuce a few leaves of red leaf lettuce a few leaves of chicory 3 small carrots 1/2 cucumber 5…

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Wildlife Aid Foundation Launches Campaign to Save Harry the Hedgehog from Extinction

Wildlife Aid Foundation Launches Campaign to Save Harry the Hedgehog from Extinction

TweetEmail With Youtube videos of adorable little animals going viral daily (and sites completely devoted to their projected thoughts and musings), it’s easy to forget…

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